24 July 2017 @ 06:15 pm
Femslash Exchange 2017: Dates, FAQ and Rules  
Welcome to our fifth annual femslash exchange!

Nothing major has changed since last year, but please look over the rules again, even if you've signed up before.


All times are 6pm EDT

26 July-10 August: Nomination Period
13-23 August:: Signups open
26 August: Assignments will be sent out by this date
7 October: Fanworks due
13 October: Archive goes live (or as soon as everyone has a gift)
21 October: Creators revealed

Associated sites: LiveJournal Feed & Tumblr & AO3 Collection & Tag Set.

Fest FAQs:
  • Before signups, we will have a nomination period for people to pick fandoms and relationships that they would like included in the fest. Each person can nominate up to five fandoms, with up to five pairings within each. Please only nominate fandoms that you plan to offer or request.

  • All fandoms in all media are welcome. Canon or non-canon pairings are welcome. Original works are welcome.

  • For the purpose of this fest, femslash is defined as fic or art containing a relationship between two or more characters who identify in canon as either female or genderqueer. (We do not mean to imply that genderqueer = female, but would like to include as many pairings as we can, and leave gender definitions to the participants' discretion). That means you may not request gender-altered/Rule-63/spectrum-shifting works for canon male-identified characters. To be clear:
    • You may request works about cis female-identified characters.

    • You may request works about transgender women, such as Ms Hudson from Elementary.

    • You may also request works about canonically genderqueer and gender-questioning characters regardless of their assigned gender, such as Franky from Skins UK, Alister/Athena from Huge, and Xavin from Runaways.

    • You may request a canonically always female alternate universe version of a character who is male in the main universe, such as Natasha Stark from Marvel 3490

    • You may not request works about characters who are male-identified in canon.

    • You may not request works about male-identified characters who are temporarily transformed or body swapped into an assigned-female body, such as Guy Gardner in Guy Gardner: Warriorette (if you don't know, don't ask).

  • Poly: We do allow poly groupings, so long as all the characters involved are eligible (f/f/f = fine; f/f/m = not in this fest, though you may list it as an option in your optional details.)

  • Crossovers: Please nominate crossovers as under the fandom: Crossovers - Fandom, and list the characters with their fandom after the character name (Example: Pepper Potts (MCU)/Seven of Nine (Star Trek: Voyager)

  • RPF: RPF characters must be 18 or over at the time of nomination, and must be public figures in their own right (no girlfriends/kids/parents of public figures permitted).

  • You must have an Archive of Our Own (AO3) account to participate in nominations and sign ups. If you do not have one already, you can leave a comment here or e-mail the mods for an invite code. (For more on AO3 and how to sign up, go here).

Sign Ups
You can edit/delete your signup until signups close.
This is an exchange fest, which means you must produce a fanwork for someone else. If you withdraw, it is harder for everyone involved. So please, think carefully if you have the time before signing up. If you discover after signing up that you can't finish in time, contact the moderators as soon as possible.

  • You will have an option to select whether you would like to receive art, fic or both. Obviously, "both" increases ease of matching, but you don't have to request a format you do not want.

  • Signups must include 4-6 fandoms from our list of nominated fandoms, and each fandom must have 1-6 pairings from the list of nominated pairings. We encourage people to request more than the minimum, as the more pairings you ask for, the easier matching will be.

  • You will be matched on fandom, pairing and format (fic or art).

  • While the description section is optional, we strongly suggest you include Do Not Wants. Any DNWs/triggers included in the description will be enforced by the mods. Other things to consider are the inclusion of general likes, rating restrictions, prompt ideas, or anything else you’d like the writer or artist to know. However, please remember that these are optional for the person assigned to you. If you've requested art, please remember that not all fic prompts translate well into art (more on that here). If you have a lot to say, consider linking to a letter in your own blog with the extra details.

  • In your signup, do not imply rank for pairings or otherwise specify a favourite pairing. There is no need to make the person you are assigned feel bad if you want something they are not comfortable writing or drawing.

  • You may offer to make art, write fic, or both.

  • You may offer between 4-10 fandoms, with 1-10 pairings per fandom. Obviously, the more pairings you offer, the easier matching will be. You can also choose to offer "any" pairing in a given fandom, but please check the tag set to ensure that you're comfortable writing or drawing any pairing listed.

  • You will be matched on fandom, pairing and format (fic or art).

Pinch Hitting
  • In the event we have issues matching someone, they will go out as a pinch hit right away. You can find the pinch hits here.

  • You do not have to have an AO3 account to pinch hit, as you may submit via the mod account. The mods will edit in credit and links to your own platform after the end of the anon period.

  • If you do pinch hit, you'll have the option of adding your requests to a special prompts post, so that those who'd like to can reward you with the gift of femslash!

Your Assignment
  • Your fanwork must focus on a requested pairing, and must include a romantic and/or sexual relationship of some kind. This is not a friendship ficathon. That means there should be some kind of f/f romance, longing, kissing, love, and/or sex. You're welcome to offer or request work featuring asexual characters as long as it's in the spirit of this rule.

  • You are not obligated to produce something for ALL pairings on which you are matched. Pick whatever you are comfortable with. However, if you want to write or draw more than one thing for your recipient, feel free.

  • You don’t have to write or draw the fandom/pairing you were matched on if something else your recipient requested interests you.

  • Creators are required to avoid featuring their recipient’s DNWs in their gifts. While it is not required, if possible, please consider using one of your recipient's prompts.

  • Betas are not required, but are strongly encouraged. Fic submissions with excessive spelling, punctuation and grammar errors and art submissions that look like drafts will be rejected. If your submission is rejected for this reason you can resubmit it after you've polished your work. We will have a beta sign up post.

  • Due to the nature of this fest, it is hard for extensions to be given. If you know you won't be able to submit by the due date, please default as soon as possible. If you default prior to the due date, you may participate next year with no problems. If you default two years in a row, simply fail to submit your work by the due date, submit an unfinished work, or delete your already-completed assignment, you will not be able to participate in the next fest.

  • If you withdraw and the person assigned to create something for you withdraws, you will not be assigned a pinch hitter.

  • If you have a problem with, any questions about, or cannot complete your assignment, please contact us immediately at femslashexmod@gmail.com.

  • Please finish your assignment before you start on treats.

  • You do not need an AO3 account to post treats; you may do so via the mod account. The mods will edit in credit and links to your own platform after the end of the anon period.

  • Treats of polished art and fic over 1000 words may be posted at any time. Please wait until the mod gives the word before posting shorter fic and sketches.

  • This fest has mandatory anon period for fic. Author names will be revealed one week after the archive goes live. Please do not promote your fic before that time.

  • The anon period for art is optional. Because of concerns about crossposting without attribution, artists may sign their work and may link to it, but they are requested not to crosspost the full art until all the end of the anon period. (For more on this, read here.)

Be respectful. Please realize that everyone has different likes/interests/squicks.

Fest Rules:
  1. All fic have to be a minimum of 1,000 words, and be of a quality that you'd be happy to receive as a gift.. There is no maximum word count.

  2. Art must be polished, and be of a quality that you'd be happy to receive as a gift. There is no maximum size for art or page limit for comics. Art must be hand or digitally drawn. We are not accepting manips at this time.

  3. Submissions may be any rating.

  4. Submissions must be femslash, and must focus on a requested pairing.

  5. Please don't talk about the specifics of your assignment in public until the creators are revealed. We'd like it to be a surprise for everyone.

  6. Gfts can't be part of a previously posted series.

Please do not hesitate to leave a comment here or contact us at femslashexmod@gmail.com, if you have any questions/comments/concerns.

Rules compiled from [livejournal.com profile] rarepairfest and [community profile] femslash12.
13 October 2017 @ 09:41 pm
AO3 Unrevealed Works Bug  
 There are some works showing up as Unrevealed in the collection. I've been told I can fix that on the mod end by unapproving and reapproving your fic/art. If your gift, or your work, is showing up as unrevealed, comment below with your username (and title of the work, if you're the gifter and not the giftee), and I'll see what I can do! Comments are screened, so only mods will be able to see them.
13 October 2017 @ 09:25 pm
Small Update  
 The collection is open again, continue treating as you will. It will be open until the beginning of the 2018 round.
13 October 2017 @ 06:07 pm
Collection Revealed!  
Works are now revealed, and the collection is closed! If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to let us know via comment, PM, or email. Enjoy the collection, and let your author/artist know what you thought of your gift! 
13 October 2017 @ 08:37 am
Archive will go live at 6pm EDT!  
All the post-deadline pinch hits are in (thank you to our wonderful pinch-hitters!), which means that barring last minute catastrophes or unexpected errors we will be going live later today as planned!

For those working on last minute treats and edits, the collection will not go live before 6pm EDT so you still have a little more time. Countdown here.
10 October 2017 @ 07:33 pm
Pinch Hit #43  
 Due: Oct 12 at 6 pm EDT. Claim by commenting at the Google Group or emailing femslashexmod@gmail.com

Pinch Hit #43 Claimed!
Fandoms: Dangan Ronpa - All Media Types, Persona 5, サムライフラメンコ | Samurai Flamenco, Fandom:私がモテてどうすんだ | Watashi ga Motete Dousunda | Kiss Him Not Me, Fire Emblem: If | Fire Emblem: Fates,   Pocket Monsters | Pokemon (Main Video Game Series) 
Medium/s: Fanfic, fanart
10 October 2017 @ 02:17 pm
Pinch Hit #42  
 This pinch hit is due ASAP (preferably by Thursday Oct 12, 6 pm, if not sooner, but that is negotiable). Claim by commenting at the Google group or emailing femslashexmod@gmail.com

Pinch Hit #42 Claimed!
Fandoms: Grace and Frankie, Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Jane the Virgin
Medium/s: Fanfic
07 October 2017 @ 08:05 pm
Collection Open For Small Gifts!  
 You can now post gifts shorter than 1000 words, and art treats not meeting the requirements for a main gift.
07 October 2017 @ 06:00 pm
Post-Deadline Pinch Hits  
 These will be due Wednesday October 11 at 6 pm EDT. You can claim them by commenting at the Google Group or e-mailing femslashexmod@gmail.com. (There are a few pre-deadline pinch hits from the past day or so in here, so don't panic if you defaulted pre-deadline and see your former assignment in here!)

Pinch Hit #25 Claimed!
Fandom/s: The Wicked Years series - Gregory Maguire, Once Upon A Time (TV), Damien (TV), Swingtown, The Fosters (TV 2013), Star Trek: Classic Timeline (All Series)
Medium/s: Fanart, Fanfic

Pinch Hit #31 Claimed!
Fandoms: Barely Lethal (2015), Nearlyweds, Victorious, Mass Effect - All Media Types, Veronica Mars (TV)
Medium/s: Fanfic

Pinch Hit #34 Claimed!
Fandoms: World Wrestling Entertainment, Marvel 616, Whyborne and Griffin - Jordan L Hawk, Historical RPF (Sappho ships), Imperial Radch series - Ann Leckie
Medium/s: Fanfic, Fanart

Pinch Hit #36 Claimed!
Fandoms: Killjoys (TV), Still Star-Crossed (TV), Emelan - Tamora Pierce, Pyre (Video Game), Star Wars - All Media Types, Original Work
Medium/s: Fanfic

Pinch Hit #38 Claimed!
Fandoms: Person of Interest (TV), Life on Mars & Related Fandoms, Carmilla (Webseries), Firefly, Affinity - Sarah Waters
Medium/s: Fanfic, Fanart

Pinch Hit #40 Claimed!
Fandoms: Marvel Cinematic Universe, Marvel 616, Frostbite (comic), Stranger Things (TV 2016)
Medium/s: Fanart, Fanfic

Pinch Hit #41 Claimed!
Fandoms: Fire Emblem: Kakusei | Fire Emblem: Awakening, Touhou Project,  Fire Emblem: Soen no Kiseki/Akatsuki no Megami | Fire Emblem Path of Radiance/Radiant Dawn, Yu-Gi-Oh!, League of Legends, 逆転裁判 | Gyakuten Saiban | Ace Attorney  
Medium/s: Fanfic
07 October 2017 @ 06:00 pm
Time Is Up  

The day has arrived, and the hour has passed. Unless you have contacted us (via PM, comment, or e-mail), if you have not fulfilled your assignment, it will be defaulted and put up for a pinch hit, so please expect to see a list of new pinch hits in the near future. That being said, the archive will go live on October 13, or as soon as all recipients have gifts.
06 October 2017 @ 05:54 pm
New Pinch Hits  
 There are 5 new pinch hits! Each are due Wednesday, October 11. Claim by commenting at the Google Group or e-mailing femslashexmod@gmail.com.

Pinch Hit #18 Claimed!
Fandom/s: The Comfortable Courtesan- Madame C- C-, Lord Peter Wimsey series- Dorothy L. Sayers, DC Cinematic Universe, Original Work, Cinderella (fairy tale), Disney (All Media Types) 
Medium/s: Fanfic
Pinch Hit #19 Claimed!
Fandom/s: Voltron: Legendary Defender, Pussycat Dolls, Yuri!!! On Ice (Anime), Mystic Messenger (Video Game), The Sims (Video Game), Hunie Pop (Video Game)
Medium/s: Fanfic
Pinch Hit #20 Claimed!
Fandoms: Bravely Default (Video Game) & Related Fandoms, Haikyuu!!, Boku no Hero Academia | My Hero Academia, Shuumatsu no Izetta | Izetta: The Last Witch (Anime), Mahou Shoujo Ikusei Keikaku | Magical Girl Raising Project (Anime), RWBY
Medium/s: Fanfic
Fandoms: Arrowverse (CW TV), Crossovers, Power Rangers (2017), Taylor Swift (Musician)
Medium/s: Fanfic
Pinch Hit #22 Claimed!
Fandoms: Elementary (TV), Crossovers, Princess Tutu, Final Fantasy VII, Slayers (Anime & Manga), Xena: Warrior Princess
Medium/s: Fanfic, Fanart
06 October 2017 @ 09:40 am
One-Day Warning  
Not a twenty-four-hour warning, but a one-day warning. Your works are due tomorrow, and the official countdown is still visible here. We of the mod team all look forward to seeing what you have created, and, for those of you who have not yet posted, we wish you the best of luck in the home stretch.
05 October 2017 @ 02:24 pm
Pinch Hit #17  
 Due Date: October 9
Claim by commenting at the Google Group or emailing the mods at femslashexmod@gmail.com (don't forget to include your AO3 name!)

Pinch Hit #17 Claimed!
Fandoms: DC Animated Universe, Harry Potter - JK Rowling, Jurassic Park (movies), The Magicians (TV), Midnight Texas (TV), Star Trek: Alternate Original Series (movies)
Medium/s: Fanfic
02 October 2017 @ 07:18 pm
Pinch Hit #16  
Due Date: October 7. Claim by commenting at the Google Group or e-mailing femslashexmods@gmail.com.

Pinch Hit #16 Claimed!
Fandoms: Original Works, Xena: Warrior Princess, Humans (TV), Spartacus Series (TV), Marco Polo (TV), Harlots (TV)
30 September 2017 @ 06:06 pm
One week to go!  
Or one week and five hours, to be more precise as of right now. Countdown to the deadline here.

We're starting to head into the home stretch now. Good luck to everyone still writing, and make sure to buckle in those seatbelts and prepare to read some great femslash in the not too distant future!
27 September 2017 @ 06:30 pm
Pinch Hit #15  
 Due date: October 7. You can claim by following the link to the Google Group, or by e-mailing the mods at femslashexmod@gmail.com (don't forget to include your AO3 username!)

Pinch Hit #15
Fandoms: Star Wars, Game of Thrones (TV), Terra Nova (TV), Black Sails (TV), Arrowverse (CW TV), Original Work
Medium/s: Fanart, fanfic
24 September 2017 @ 07:45 pm
2 Weeks To Go  
One week and six days, rather. Time is certainly passing quickly. (See the countdown here.) All pinch hits are currently claimed, and you all have done a spectacular job staying on top of those, so thank you (and thank you, [personal profile] withinadream), but keep watching for more, just in case. Beta readers are always appreciated, too, and keep your eyeballs on those Dear Creator letters. Not quite to the home stretch yet, but ... soon, soon!
24 September 2017 @ 01:17 pm
Pinch Hit #14  
 To claim, comment at the Google group or email femslashex@gmail.com (don't forget to include your AO3 username!)

Pinch Hit #14
Fandoms: Dark Matter (TV), Farscape, Mass Effect, Once Upon A Time, Yuri!!! on Ice
Medium/s: Fanfic, fanar
t Claimed!
23 September 2017 @ 12:54 pm
Pinch Hit #13  
 We have a new pinch hit available! Claim by commenting at the Google Group or emailing femslashexmod@gmail.com (don't forget to include your AO3 username)

Pinch Hit #13
Fandoms: Wayfarers Series - Becky Chambers, Doctor Who, Finishing School - Gail Carriger, Parasol Protectorate - Gail Carriger
Medium/s: Fanfic
21 September 2017 @ 08:28 pm
Pinch Hit #12  
 You can claim this pinch hit by commenting at the Google Group or e-mailing the mods at femslashexmod@gmail.com. Don't forget to include your AO3 username!

Pinch Hit #12
Fandoms: Degrassi: Next Class, Degrassi: The Next Generation, Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency, GLOW, The Good Place, Big Love
Medium/s: Fanart, fanfic
21 September 2017 @ 05:10 pm
Pinch Hit #11  
 You can claim this pinch hit by commenting at the Google Group, or by emailing femslashexmod@gmail.com. Don't forget to include your AO3 username!

Pinch Hit #11
Fandoms: Jeeves - P.G. Wodehouse, Doctor Who, Political RPF - US 21st cent., Crossovers
Medium/s: Fanfic (plus fanart for Crossovers)